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cliff. president obama and congress are on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to try and prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january first. andrew spencer has the latest. analysts say many shoppers haven't been in the holiday spirit when it comes to spending money. the four-day black friday weekend that started on thanksgiving was strong. sales rose 2-point-7 percent. but analysts says sales fell 4-point-3 percent for the week ending december 15th. and last week they forecasted holiday spending to decrease another 2-point- 5 percent. previous expectations were for a 3-point-3 percent increase in spending. the saint anthony foundation needs help to reach its goal of collecting 5-hundred hams during the 25th annual curbside donation drive. according to the foundation, they collected a hundred hams. that's just 20-percent of their goal. the foundation hoped to get another 400 hams sunday and today. if you would like to donate a ham you can do so at the drive. located in front of saint anthony's in san francisco's tenderloin area. from
for the holidays, obama urged congress to come up with a deal before the christmas break. many spent today navigating the parking lots of packed stores and shopping malls for final gifts. some had a really good reason for hitting the stores in these final hours before christmas. >> i have a baby that is due christmas morning. so i came out here to do some last-minute shopping. it is tough to shop during the holidays, especially right before christmas because, again, you miss out on deals. >> a recent poll found 132 million people had not finished their holiday shopping and 26 million had not even began. many retailers will be open christmas eve late to accommodate them. the pope spoke in a number of languages today in vatican city. he encouraged people to look beyond the materialistic side of christmas and wish people unhappy and gracious christmas. after a rough start, smooth sailing for several holiday travelers. but could that change? >> we have a little bit of rain and snow in the seven-day forecast. 28 degrees at the airport, but still near 40 degrees in the city. oh, you have a keuri
. president obama and congress are on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks will resume to try to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january 1st. andrew spencer has the latest. >> this is the first time that i feel that it is more likely that will go over the cliff that not. if we allow this to happen it will be the most colossal consequence so act congressionally. this will be very irresponsible. >> president obama stated that he will cut his vacation short to try to handle this. the deadline is just a week away. >> a programming reminder to catch dr. phil right after the kron4 morning news at 10:00 a.m.. we will be right back. oh, you have a keurig vue brewer? oh, it's great! now i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee that's stronger and bigger... and even hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew the coffee you love -- stronger, bigger, or hotter -- with the keurig vue. >> the mega yacht that ste
. president obama as reported is in his native hawaii. before leaving washington, president obama urged congress to pass a mini plan that would preserve middle class tax rates. brianna keilar joins us live from hawaii. what do we think will happen as the holiday week rolls out? >> reporter: well, and don, we should probably say where our senate majority leader harry reid and senator mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, because now all eyes turn to the senate. they're set to come back to town on the 27th. that is thursday. and at this point there are a number of options for some sort of bill that senate majority leader harry reid could put on the floor, but right now it appears democrats in the white house are pushing for something that still concentrates on making sure that income tax rates for those making a quarter million dollars or less don't go up. that said, it's really hard to see how at that rate senator mcconnell might allow some republican senators to support it or that some republican senators would even want to jump on board with that and even harder to see how a
years in jail to lying for federal agents. >>> if president obama and congress are not able to end the fiscal cliff people here will be hard hit. prop 30 voted into law in november will mean higher sales taxes and higher income taxes on the states top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that. hitting all americans with higher taxes. the lowest income folks will see their take home pay shrink just over 3.5%. average earners 4% and top earners 6%. >>> the crystal ball that drops in new york's time square will have a little something extra this year. workers are already installing the 288 crystal panels. one of them is a little different from the rest. it's engraved with the name of dick clark. he hosted the new years eve telecast from time square for 40 years. this year's show will be hosted by ryan sea crest. >>> time now 6:26. let's go to tara. she is covering traffic. there is something going on in marin. >> yeah pretty minor thing. 101 northbound at highway 37 this is in novato. we have a stalled vehicle or someone that spun out. chp has not figured that out yet. right now let
. perhaps proof of how dire the circumstances are, president obama took to the sunday show, potentially setting when we careen off the cliff, and in congress. less than 48 hours from falling off the cliff, president obama is putting the blame on republicans. >> the offers i have made them are so fair that a lot of democrats get mad at me. >> on his first sunday show appearance since 2009, the president said just a day ago that he was optimistic that a short-term deal could be reached. now, not so much. >> what we're seeing here is a monumental failure of presidential leadership. >> the better back-and-forth continues to be over how to cut spending and what the income threshold to be for who gets a tax hike. >> what i am arguing for is maintaining tax cuts for 90% of americans. i did not think anybody would consider that and liberal, left- wing agenda. >> republicans say their agenda, not stifling an already fragile economy with tax hikes on those who are behind small business. >> the higher you set that level, the less small business you will get. >> what had been high hopes had turned
to avoid the fiscal cliff rapidly approaches. president obama says he's optimistic that congress will reach a deal in time. chris mozingo has the story. >> reporter: converses running out of time if before the economy will go over the fiscal cliff. they say that reaching a deal will not be easy. >> we cannot afford a politically self-inflicted wound to the economy. the people that you sent to washington half to do with their jobs. >> mitch mcconnell was are riding on capitol hill just hours before meeting with obama. >> we are going to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. i am hopeful and optimistic. >> politicians on both sides have the responsibility but the president's tax hike will not do much to address the debt. >> the top 25 of american will not even pay one-third of the annual interest that is owed for this 16 trillion dollar debt. >> washington will return before the end of the year but they are likely to be burning the midnight oil. >>> we'll take a quick break on kron 4 news weekend. but first, let's take a live look outside at san francisco from our roof cam here on van
be a huge blow to the economy. lawmakers are getting more skeptical that congress and president obama can reach a deal. a big drop for stocks on friday. it is costing you last to get to grandma's house. gasoline prices have dropped to the lowest level in years. prices could rise as much as 10% a gallon over the next few days. engineers said motorola working on a top-secret device. featured is a bendable screen. google is looking to release this some time next year. i am ellen braitman with the bloomberg business report. >> 5:23. a teenager riding the holidays for her community. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. how will you be spending christmas? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the girl is spreading some holiday cheer to some families in carroll county. >> this 16-year-old is busy wrapping christmas presents for low-income families in carroll county that have children with chronic illnesses. >> i like working with kids and i want to be a nurse. it is nic
, kron 4. >> president obama is urging congress to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. in today's radio and internet address, mr. obama says he believes leaders in congress may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses before taxes rise and spending cuts take effect at the end of the year. he urges "washington politics" to not get in the way of "america's progress." meanwhile, in the republican address, missouri senator roy blunt says the nation can avoid going over the fiscalbama and the democratic- controlled senate work with republicans to solve the problem. >> the senate has approved a 60-point-4 billion dollar emergency spending package for hurricane sandy recovery. the measure, which was backed by democrats, now heads to the house. meanwhile, republican leaders favor a smaller aid package to pay for immediate sandy recovery needs, saying they need more time to consider any additional aid. >> sandy battered the east coast in late october. it was the most costly natural disaster since hurricane katrina in 2005. >> a connecticut attorney is asking permission to
. >> if president obama and congress aren't able to avoid the fiscal cliff people here in california will be hit especially hard because of prop 30 which was voted into law back in november. it will soon mean higher sales tax and higher income tax on the state's top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that hitting all americans with higher taxes. >> i don't know, there's a word to describe how upset the public is going to be. nobody's going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody it's not going to be a happy time. but i think that's inevitably what's going to happen. >> they say the lowest income folks will see their take home pay shrink just over three and a half%. average earners 4% and top earners 6%. >> another sign the housing market is improving, the national association of realtors says pending home sales rose last month to the highest level in 2 and a half years. pending sales rose nearly 2% in november and that's the third month in a row it's gone up. >> amazon had a green christmas season. they announced the 2012 holiday sales were the biggest ever. they had s
think the expectation at this point is that with congress returning, president obama is likely to go back to washington to oversee things as they move. or as the fiscal cliff comes nearer and the u.s. goes over it. >> can we expect any other lawmakers to step up to the plate and kick start negotiations? what about senate minority leader mitch mcconnell? >> well, the thing at this point and i'm told by sources is that there are no negotiations going on between senator mitch mcconnell, the republican leader in the senate, and senator majority leader harry reid in hawaii for the funeral of daniel inouye and is now back to washington. it could come down to the senate doing something. senator mcconnell might allow this bill i mentioned that i already passed in july, was a threshold for tax hikes, being at the $250,000 level, he may allow democrats to say, the house has to take this, or if there is some sort of vote on another measure, while mitch mcconnell would be unlikely to support it, perhaps he might let some of his republican senators do that, now, this is sort of thinking, coming f
.s. back into recession. president obama and lawmakers are on vacation. congress is not expected to meet again until after christmas. >> i guess we can call in another sign of the times. newsweek will become a digital- only publication in the new year. >> a sad moment. this is its last ever print issue. its features a photograph of the old newsweek offices in new york. the headline reads "last british." the-- "last print edissue." >> a few sloppy snowflakes today, mixed with rain, no accumulation expected. >> will that hold you over? >> no. i am still wishing for snowfall. teachers do as well. a light wintry mix today, not a big deal. nothing to get excited about. why snow excitement factor, 1 out of 10. next weekend we have the potential for little snowfall. let's talk about what's happening right now. areas of rain tracking into southwestern virginia, western north carolina tennessee valley. that will slowly push our way. by lunchtime is when we will see the first areas of a light wintry mix across the washington area. late morning is when it starts southwest of town, parts of central
. she is expected to recover. >> president obama is cutting his vacation short. hallie jackson is live with the latest. it is not just the president returning tomorrow. >> congress is heading backed to washington tomorrow. any plan may come down to the wire. president obama spent part of his christmas greeting troops in hawaii. tonight he leaves for washington and a state of gridlock as lawmakers struggle to come to a compromise. members of the house and senate are heading back to capitol hill tomorrow. >> everybody can pull off and drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies. >> and return to washington after john boehner failed to get enough support for a plan b that would raise taxes on those making more than a million dollars a year. >> it begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> with the january 1 deadline quickly approaching, some are worried we could fall off. >> it would be the most colossal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time if that happens. >> some strong words from senator lieberman. the president is expected to arrive tomorrow morning. >> how
that milestone, the current congress needs to send nearly 100 bills to president obama's desk in the next few days. >> that lack of productivity isn't hurting paychecks on capitol hill. even as tax hikes and an unend to unemployment benefits for 2 million people could be on the way because of the fiscal cliff. congress, it's about to get a raise. it's part of an executive order that president obama issued which ends a pay freeze for federal workers. so salaries will go up by .5% after march 27th. that's an extra $900 before taxes. currently members of congress make $174,000 a year except for leaders who make a little more. the last time lawmakers got a pay raise was in 2009. >>> this morning, i want to tell you about the fact that we know the name of a man pushed to his death at a new york city subway station now. he's identified as 46-year-old dusend. a sketch of the suspect. she's described as a heavy set woman in her 20s who was wearing a ski jacket and sneakers. poppy harlow has more on the investigation for us. >> it was horrible. >> reporter: this man says he heard the final scream of t
to avoid the fiscal cliff. it is unclear if any can get enough votes to pass conference. -- congress. president obama says he's optimistic a compromise can be found. >>> across india today, a nationwide protest took a new heartbreaking direction. people across the country were already out in angry droves calling for justice in the wake of a brutal gang rape. then word today began to spread that the victim died in the hospital. a 23-year-old woman. six men were already held on rape charges. now they're charged with murder. >>> chuck hagel's name has been floated as president obama's potential choice for the next defense secretary. but some don't want to see the former republican senator and vietnam war vet get the position. some from his own party. this ad is in "the new york times" right here. and it says, hagel is wrong on gay rights, wrong on iran, wrong on israel. and the ad was placed by the law of cabin republicans, a group that represents gay republicans. clarke cooper is executive director. thanks for joining me, clarke. here's that ad. this ad speaks volumes. wouldn't your pa
. lawmakers say it'll be time to get back to work when they and president obama return to washington on thursday following the time is running out to avert increases and domestic some members of congress are growing more skeptical that a budget agreement can be reached. >> before we go over the fiscal cliff, negotiations. >> president obama is in hawaii for christmas. and says he'll cut his vacation short to try and hammer out a deal with congress. the deadline. now a week away. if congress fails to reach any agreement, income tax rates will go up on just about everyone on january 1st. unemployment benefits will expire for many as well. >> thousands of nurses will walk off the job today at nine bay area hospitals. nurses with sutter health's alta bates summit medical center are asking for negotiated labor contracts and improvements in patient care protections. such as staffing levels, health benefits, and sick days. strikers say hospital officials want to reduce the number of paid sick days for nurses and technicians, while eliminating health care coverage for those who work fewer th
spread to the attic. no injuries were reported. president obama is heading back to washington thursday to negotiate with congress, a way to avert this booklet but only the senate will be back in session. >> house members have not been called back to work. >> president obama is cutting his holiday vacation sure to come back and work on a deal. any deal may be a short-term fix. president obama will be leaving forwarmth of yhawaii washington. there is no specific deal on the table. democrats blame republicans for not agreeing to end tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. >> we're not going to let the rich pay one dime more. there is something awfully wrong with that picture. the american public is seeing that. >> republicans will not agree. they see there may be room for compromise. >> i know i am not in the majority and the red states annett -- in the senate. we have to sit down and hammer something out. >> if no deal is reached, americans will see their income taxes go up. 2 million peoplwill lose their jobless benefits. $110 billion in spending cuts will hit federal agencies. analysts
we are. i feel confident we have an obligation. >> reporter: president obama said that it's important for congress to vote on some type of package before it expires. >> if the agreement is not reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million americans looking for a job and lace the ground work for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: the current congress will be in session until january 3rd. after that, 13 new senators and 82 new house members will take over and unher it the huge problem out of the congressional gates. audrey barns, fox 5 news. >>> love that song. redskins fans coming down to tomorrow night's kickoffs against the rival, the cowboys. a lot is on the line and lindsay murphy joins us now. feels like christmas eve all over again. >> and i am going to -- some football. >> reporter: redskins have had nailbiters
is already fan. >> reporter: press the barack obama needs is- president barack obama is saying that the congress need to take immediate action. the meeting today was good, and constructive but there's no agreement there should be a vote on his proposal to extend unemployment benefits and also help with tax cuts on the middle-class. justin waldman, kron 4. >> reporter: the city of richmond has been issuing a permit to pg&e. this san bruno explosion.. for chevron is hoping that this will be completely repaired by the end of next year. >> reporter: senator cherry hill well propose a bill to install an interlock device on their vehicles. >> for one year and comply with the calibration every other month. before fully getting their driving privileges back this will make it clear that repeat offenders to not complete the interlock program there will never get their license back. >> reporter: haazig madyun redwood city, kron 4 >> reporter: just a couple of days away from a to year's eve and if you might want to consider- public transportation. they have extended transportation or even
obama and congress, along with cappuccinos and lattes. wolf blitzer's off today. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." >>> on this day after christmas, extreme weather is making travel slow, difficult, and dangerous for millions of americans. severe storms are moving toward the east coast right now, packing snow and threatening tornadoes. the kind of blizzard conditions that hit the midwest are moving into new england. the region could get more than a foot of snow tonight and tomorrow. in the south, a storm that unleashed tornadoes is heading into the carolinas and northern florida. at least three deaths are being blamed on the severe weather. cnn's holly firfer is at the busiest airport in atlanta. >> reporter: it's a tough day to travel. as that storm heads through the northeast, it's making it hard to travel by road and in the air. >> reporter: snow, ice, and high winds. >> we want to get out. >> it's always scary when you're flying, that you're going to be stuck in the airport. >> reporter: a massive storm that left many in the midwest and parts of the south with a whit
working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together. >> house members don't get back here tonight sunday night. >>> president david wilson may be getting a remove of sorts after a lengthy public meeting months announced it is negotiating to keep him on until june 2014. his current contract expires in june of 2013. it was a rough year with two shootings on campus. >>> the russian president signed a law banning americans from adopting russian children. a law that people say is heartbreaking and punishes no one but the children. one family says he just signed
, president obama will not send legislation to congress today that might avert the so-called fiscal cliff. the president pulled the plug on his holiday trip to hawaii and arrived in washington shortly after 11:00 in hopes of prodding congress to lock in taxes for all but the wealthiest 2%. so a republican source told us he would be sending legislation to capitol hill, but the white house is telling us no, that is not the case. you have the president there at the white house. you have the senate in session and they are scattered throughout the country and taxes are going up on january 1st. let's listen to harry reid. he is not happy about the house and being away. he is the top senate democrat. >> we are here in washington working. we have the house of representatives out watching movies and watching their kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> here's a reality. reid said it's beginning to look to him as though we will plunge over the cliff come tuesday. they are keeping an eye on washington to see what develops. since it looks as though we a
obama say he's modestly optimistic that a last-minute deal can be reached with members of congress before america goes over the fiscal cliff four days from now. he's warning that no one will get everything they want, but he says that shouldn't stand in the way of reaching an agreement. >> we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy, not right now. >> we are joined by former labor secretary robert reich, the author of "beyond outrage." i wish we had more time. i'd ask you all about how to fix it. but let's focus on this one part, secretary reich. you listened to the president. what did you hear? >> candy, i heard basically washington boilerplate, keep our fingers crossed, this is going to be a hail mary, but i have no idea how this is going to come out. >> when you hear him say, i've asked for an up-or-down vote, do you hear, there's a possibility or do you hear, uh-oh, this is a guy looking to position himself for after we go over the fiscal cliff? >> well, undoubtedly the president wants
. >> if the house decides to take up the bill today, the full congress could vote on it tonight. >>> president barack obama said he was optimistic that a deal on the fiscal cliff could be reached. that might have been a mistake. ahead, more on the fiscal cliff and the dwindling hope that a deal can be reached. it's all part of our special coverage of the fiscal cliff crisis with me and ali velshi. ...but he'd wait for her forever, for any reason, and would always be there with the biggest welcome home. for a love this strong, dawn only feeds him iams. compared to other leading brands, it has 50% more animal protein. ...to help keep rocky's body as strong as a love that never fades... if he ever lets her leave again. iams. keep love strong. constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very
to cut taxes. elisabeth corridon.. awarding. >> both obama and the senate returned to washington today after a christmas break. house leaders announced the chamber would reconvene sunday and possibly stay in session until a new congress is sworn in january third. someone hacked into her the san francisco muni service will be free this friday to celebrate muni's 100 years of service. and 100 years of customer support. all buses.including light rail lines and cable cars will be free from 5 a-m friday through 5 a-m saturday muni officials initially considered charging a five cent fare.the price riders paid a century ago. but ride free instead. muni service will also be between 8 p.m. monday through 6 a.m. tuesday. >> jacqueline: it was dry but the rain fall overturns. with mostly clear skies and colder temperatures. for rainfall-will return clouds increasing. the lingering towards a saturday. as we take a look on futurecast we already see the increase with clouds but the revolt was not arrive until later here comes the cold front by 6:00 on friday it will push into santa rosa. by 8:00, mo
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rubeio. 51% for former florida governor jeb bush. president obama plans to submit gun control legislation to congress in 2013. that will deal with assault weapons specifically, as well as background checks on gun sales. as you might realize, it's spurred on by the school massacre in newtown, connecticut, killed 20 children and 6 adults. murdered his mother and killed himself. speaking yesterday on "meet the press," the president says something has to fundamentally change in this country. that newtown shootings cannot feel like what he called a routine episode. >> that was the worst day of my presidency, and it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> vice president joe biden is leading a task force that will submit legislative proposals to the president in january. >>> also, happy new year, new zealand. auckland. and the start of 2013 with the fireworks display from sky tower, tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere. >> and as auckland rings in the new year, preparation under way in times square. heart of new york city, coming up next. >> and more from washington
to avoid the distinction, congress needs to submit about 100 bills to president obama in the next few days. >>> that lack of productivity isn't hurting paychecks on capitol hill. even as tax hikes and an end to unemployment benefits for two million people could be on the way because of the fiscal cliff, congress, though, hey, about to get a raise. part of an executive order that president obama issued which ends a pay freeze for federal workers. their salaries, yeah, they'll if up by half a percent after march 27. that's an extra $900 before taxes. currently members of congress make $174,000 a year except for leaders who make a little more. the last time there was a pay raise was 2009. >>> there is one thing the senate has agreed on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote the chamber passed a measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process to consider the money has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new j
to an agreement with president obama. that we're talking about a short fix relative to a new congress dealing with the complexity and a comprehensive package of long-term, of fiscal policy in this country. that's what many of us have asked for, that everything has been to be on the table. that it has to be an honest and open discussion. >> you just said that everything should be on the table. the president has made this clear. he said that everyone needs to give a little bit to reach the grand bargain. and a new gallup poll says that 68% of americans want congress, that's you, to compromise. to come up with a solution. only 22% say stick to your principles. now, you spoke out against the president's first off, saying it looked like he was offering a cut to social security, but if his next offer looks the same and that's the only way to come together, would you support it? >> honestly, the support and many of us, including myself, are disappointed that cutting social security benefits was part of the grand bargain. it became kind of like a symbolic issue, the republican in the house needed to
the worst recession since the great depression. so president obama agreed to extend the tax cuts for two more years in exchange for congress extending federal emergency unemployment benefits. those cuts are expensive. if they're extended, by 2020, the bush-era tax cuts will be responsible for more than half the total national debt. democrats insist that taxes go up for the wealthy but stay in place permanently for those earning less than $250,000 a year. >> we need to stop the job-killing tax hikes, and we need to start cutting spending now. >> reporter: republicans refuse to play ball. they say no higher rates on the rich, no tax hikes on anyone. based on an ideology that calls for government to be as small as possible. now, its roots are as old as american politics. but today the philosophy's main spokesman is this man, grover norquist. president of americans for tax reform. norquist's pledge, signed by almost all republicans in congress, forbids signatories from raising taxes ever, under any circumstances. things come to a head in the summer of 2011. republicans demand the government
in congress. 37% blame -- would blame president obama and 11% blame both. so there's a political reality to the fact that the gop is stuck between a rock and a hard place. they'll get blamed if it happens and they'll get blamed if they vote for anything that looks like a tax increase. >> listen, the republican party gets blamed if it's sunny outside. so i'm not really worried about that and neither should people be. but you bring up the point, this should not be above who suffers in the polls. this should be about fixing the united states of america and, you know what, people need to be willing to take a vote even if it means they don't come back. >> yeah, well that's the problem, right? you and i talked about this before. we're in constant campaign mode. a compromise would require that both parties, all parties involved actually pay some price, that it costs somebody something. what is the specific problem, though, on the republican side in terms of the lack of compromise? again, i want to show you the same poll that we did on december 17th and 18th asking about whether the republican p
--er responsibility. >> reporter: president obama is in hawaii. he says he will cut his vacation short to try to hammer out a deal. the deadline a week away. >> if congress does not get anything done, then taxes will most likely go up for everyone. just about everyone on january 1st. unemployment benefits will also expire for many people. >>> international envoy working to end syria's civil war worries won't be able to help. one man said bashar assad discussed possible steps forward but has made little progress because both sides seem to be more interested in fighting. >>> authorities in india used violence to stop a week of rape protests. armed police beat police with sticks. they are protesting the brutal rape of a woman on a bus. prime minister said the government would take tough action to prevent these crimes against women. >>> 47-year-old joe price died on saturday from a noncombat injury. a military official says his death is being investigated as a suspected poll san jose a strict new policy goes into effect at camp pendleton. marines will be subject to random breathalyzer test
. that could happen when the senate convenes a rare sunday session of congress. looking to dominate his side of the story while leaders wrangle on the details, president obama made his first sunday show appearance in three years, sitting down with nbc's david gregory this morning to talk about the fiscal cliff. >> i'm arguing for maintaining tax cuts for 98% of americans. i don't think anybody would consider that some liberal left wing agenda. that used to be considered a republican mainstream agenda. >> joining me senator olympia sn snowe of maine. let me start with that. it does seem sort of counter intuitive to have republicans wanting to fight for tax hikes for no one and in that fight, being willing to allow tax hikes for everyone? >> you know, i would agree with that. obviously it is important to make sure that middle income america does not confront a tax increase at the beginning of next year, which is less than two days away. that is critical. the second part is, of course, is trying to address the spending cuts that are going to be crucial next year as well. more for the long-term
monroe died 53 years ago at the age of 36. >>> congress is extending the government's authority to monitor oversea calls without a court order. it was said to expire at the end of the year. president obama is expected to sign the bill, his signature would keep the program in operation for another five years. >>> an australian surfer has lived to tell the tale of a harrowing shark attack. >> they've done an excellent job,. >> reporter: luke alan was shaken but obviously happy to have survived his encounter with a shark. alan was surfing in new south whales. suddenly a shark moved in and alan fought back. >> out of the blue, a bull shark just came up. on the third time he managed to get the board and drive it into the head of the shark. >> alan will have a few reminders of his ordeal. the shark left a bite wound on his thigh and took off one of his index fingers. >>> a new attack is bringing awareness. who they're targeting and what it could mean for your personal information. >> and i'm still tracking some showers on live storm tracker 2. how much rain it will bring to your neigh
almost 90% of votes from whites, and president obama won over 40% from nonwhites. look at the states on issues like gay marriage or the obama health care plan. blue and red states leading you in very different directions. and you get to congress. the vast majority of leaders are voted in by those who are divided. have you two cohessive coalitions. it's harder to bridge them what is the alternative? we're all here, none of us are going away. we'll find ways to work together or find more self-inflicted wounds like the fiscal cliff. >> the idea, republicans and this is the idea that has been floated, will let us go off the cliff sor they or certain members won't have to raise taxes. >> they will cut taxes retroactive retroactively. >> seems like a bad way to go. >> look, this was a machine built to encourage compromise. and it may get easier for some republicans to come back in january if we go over the cliff. the reason, of course, all the bush tax cuts expire with the cliff, when you come back, you would only be voting to cut taxes on some force of the public, up to a certain income l
. also, president obama comes back from hawaii for the year's final showdown with congress. >>> and syria's government unleashes its most sophisticated weapons of the war. missiles from iran. we'd like to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." >>> i want to begin with a crisis you probably don't know is coming and, of course, is just about to hit. barring a last minute deal, union dock workers at more than a dozen major ports will go on strike this weekend. meaning just about everything we buy, from clothes to cars, can't be unloaded. the strike would impact 14 port along the eastern seaboard in gulf coast, including the port of baltimore and that's where we find cnn's brian todd live. the potential impact of this is pretty big. >> reporter: it's huge, candy. right here, this is one of the most crucial ports for commerce in this region. the sieger terminal. you can see massive container ships sitting in port. this is the port terminal with the bustling operations, containers still
of schatz is flying to washington with president obama he is expected to be sworn in later. those are the headlines for you. >> clayton: we'll talk the scal cliff. today is the twenth. a few days left for congress and the president to get their act together. the president took a red eye flight back from hawaii. why did congress and the president go on raication at all. >> yeah, we all go to work. >> there is nothing on the table . kelley. >> a lot of people feel they are left in the lurch by the president and congress. and they didn't get the job done . here's what we are facing. we are teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff. there are many members in congress who disaagree raising of tax. the president had gone up to $400,000 when house speaker boehner would raise the tax hikes . but the sticking point is enments and spending. >> clayton: the republicans saying that the president and democrats not forth coming enough on entitlements. here's what will unfold in a few short days as we break this down to you. >> put your seat belts on, people. >> clayton: tax rates will hit these
congress, our administrative offices, the white house, to try and get this straightened out. we still are hopeful that president obama could intervene. he could talk with president putin and say, we have our differences, let's work this out for the benefit of the children and the families involved. and there's been a 20-year history of russia and united states working cooperatively to make homes available for these children. >> you just mentioned president obama. is there any chance you see this being worked out to where it doesn't get to this point, because now as you just mentioned, there are a lot of children who are waiting as we speak to be adopted? >> well, we have organized a write-in to members of congress, as well as to the white house, asking them to intervene. we have not heard anything from them. but we are hopeful that our administration will take this on and approach russia on this issue, and say let's do what's in the best interest of children and set aside our political differences. >> all right. we really do hope that gets worked out for the best interest of the child
to cobble together a last-minute plan. meanwhile, on friday president obama said america's patience has almost run out. with steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts looming, president obama used the power of his office to turn up the pressure on congress, making a quickly arranged appearance in the white house briefing room friday. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. >> reporter: the president repeatedly tapping into the public's frustration to bolster his argument. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound. ordinary folks, they too their jobs. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind-boggling to them and needs to stop. >> reporter: the stern words came on the heels of an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders. sources close to the talks say mr. obama gave lawmakers two options. either come up with a bill that can pass both houses or allow a vote on his plan which among other things would extend unemployment benefits and ta
because the senate is going to be reconvening on thursday. anything that gets through congress would need to pass the senate and house with both democratic and republican support. we're also expecting that president obama will likely return to washington, d.c. at this point it seems more a matter of when and not really matter of if. and then right now the plan that the white house is trying to push forward is to deal with the tax hikes for those earning $250,000 or less. it appears those spending cuts that are the other part of the fiscal cliff will likely set in. and then what happens there will maybe be something that democrats and republicans try to deal with in the coming weeks, in the coming months. that means even come say the end of the year here or if we go over the cliff and there's some quick resolution, it's not for everything and we'll be dealing with a lot of these problems for some time, carol. >> what's the president doing in hawaii? >> reporter: the president has been getting in some r and r. he arrived saturday morning. he played golf with some of his buddies. he wept out
this kind of horrific tragedy from ever occurring in the future? >> okay. >> i applaud president obama and his -- and vice president biden. we offer our expertise. we will work with the congress. i have some experience here. i am the guy that negotiated the child safety lock arrangement with bill clinton. there are things we can do and do now rather than debate endlessly over the things that divide us instead of moving forward on the many things that we're already in agreement on. >> you were -- when you worked for the nra, you were its political director. >> regional political director. >> regardless, you knew a lot about its clout in politics. do you in all candor think that the nra has the kind of clout it did back in the '90s when were you involved in those really high-proo file debates, for like safety locks, assault bans and so on. >> when i did the chaft safety lo locks, i was representing the nra. it's not about clout. what the nra does so well is organize and motivate their people to get out in elections. arguing against what they do, you are arguing against democracy. we're i
with the fiscal cliff. g-o-p senators say they will meet with president barack obama tomorrow. this as members of the u-s house are set to return to washington on sunday -- just one day before the deadline to pass budget deal. if congress does not reach a fiscal deal before monday's deadline, automatic tax increases and steep spending cuts will take effect. an in depth look at where everything stands right now -- and we'll be talking live with our political analyst -- tonight at 5:30 >> breaking news. retired general norman schwarzkopf has died in tampa, florida. known as 'stormin norman' because of his explosive temper, he commanded the u.s.-led international coalition that drove saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait in 19-91. he lived in retirement in tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in- chief of u-s central command. that is the headquarters responsible for u.s. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries. he was 78. no one was hurt. storm on the way. >> borrowers, that took out a loan. could possibly have found some issues. dan kerman turks o
the country's financial problems, president obama and kocongressional leade will meet this afternoon to hopefully avoid the fiscal cliff. one man in texas is not waiting for congress to act. he is doing his part to fix the country's finances and send a message as well. kyung lah has the story. >> reporter: in his unheated garage, 85-year-old garcia is working to fix the fiscal cliff. one can at a time. how much money have you sent the government? >> a little bit over $3,000. >> reporter: $3,197.88, to be exact. all tracked on a handwritten ledger. over the last three years, garcia has been paying the government $50 a month of his postal service pension and money from cans he collects. >> we're paying absolutely too much interest, too much interest. >> reporter: it really bothers you. >> it bothers me because it makes no sense. >> reporter: sense is something garcia's wife of 59 years thinks her husband could use. do you think he's crazy? [ speaking spanish ] >> uh-huh. >> reporter: call him crazy, but there's an entire federal office of bureau of public debt that collects money like
not have another election. >> a republican in his early years he now leads left and is a big obama supporter. >> i thought it was funny i got the presidential medal of freedom. that is my dad's campaign picture when he was 39 years old running for congress in 1932. this is his desk and i sat on it when i was a kid, 10 years old. >> this is my favorite thing in your office. >> there's a lot of things that go and there but the real problem is a lot of people don't realize it. >> then there are the fun things like the model of grover given to him by students from caltech. also the mock spot sports illustrated cover. >> i have never been anything more than a water boy. >> no e-mail may perhaps be the secret to buffett's success. >> no e-mail for the richest man in the world. here's a look from our mt. tam cam and it should be a pretty nice day. lots of sunshine looking down the coast right now. enjoy it because more rain is on the way. we will have more on the forecast coming up. also you can bring in the new year right here on kron4. the only local show with live fire worked around th
houses of congress will reconvene tomorrow. the main sticking point remains tax increases on the wealthy. while some republicans suggest raising taxes for those earning at least a million, president obama and democrats want increases on anyone making more than $250,000 a year. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> in this morning's weekly address, the president says congress must meet the new year's deadline and pass a balanced plan that offers middle class tax cuts and reduces spending in a responsible manner. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% of americans won't even pay one third of the annual interest that's now owed on this massive $16 trillion debt. >> missouri senator roy blunt delivered the gop weekly address, saying the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. >>> if no deal is reached, giving you a look at what could happen, 1.2 million out of work americans will lose their ext
on the new income in congress. it's interesting that we have the same with k. bailey hutchinson. what's gotten her is fleethat t will go home and obama will introduce his own package and they have nothing to do but accept it. or they get blamed for everything. >> can you recall a time in your life and your politics, a couple of years at least, a comparable level of incompetence in washington. >> the last four years. i spent some of the time over the holidays for my since reading about this. my overall reaction is groundhog day. it's the same issues. some of the same players and the same questions of spending and entitlements and taxation and debt ceiling. nothing has changed. what's depressing to me is we had four years or longer to wrestle with these issues and there is virtually no signs of progress. we have two more self-imposed ceilings. a u.s. government that sticks a gun to its head, but says we don't trust ourselves any more like normal people. even presidential commissions don't work. what we have to do is give ourselves artificial deadlines and bring ourselves to the precipic
is trying to cram through a scaled back version of the obama cliff plan from almost week. the house is still out. after the gop went into recess last week after the gop didn't have enough support to pass its own plan "b." congress has very little time, though, five days to be exact to come up with some kind of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. it may already be too late with the way things work on capitol hill. let's bring in jonathan allen, the senior washington kpon for politico. jonathan, let's get to that. i think if everything lines up they could possibly get a deal signed from the fiscal cliff but when does that ever happen? >> yes, i think the problem, drew, there isn't that much time when congress has a consensus they can move quickly but there's no indication of that right now. all of the players seem locked into their strategies. for folks familiar with economic theory, this is a nash equilibrium. they believe given what the other folks are doing their pursuing their optimal path and that path seems to be leading us toward that fiscal cliff. i think most folks in washington expect
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